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Leif Ove Andsnes: Tiny Desk (home) Concert

Tom Huizenga | April 8, 2022

The Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is binging Mozart. He's just released his second double album in a row of the composer's piano music, and for this very special Tiny Desk performance, he takes us inside Mozart's own home in Vienna, just steps away from the medieval St. Stephen's Cathedral and a couple blocks from a McDonald's.

Mozart might have appreciated the convenience of the fast food chain, as the years he spent in this two-floor, four-bedroom apartment (from 1784 to 1787) were a non-stop frenzy of activities. Andsnes says the composer threw gambling parties, taught students and, above all, composed some of his most groundbreaking music in this house, including the two works heard in this recital.

Andsnes begins with four minutes of radiant joy and virtuosity. The D major Rondo showcases not only Mozart's own skills as an unrivaled keyboardist, but also his genius as a composer with a bottomless bag of tricks to play with the music's principal theme.

The following Fantasia in C minor, composed one year earlier, in 1785, couldn't be more different. At three times the Rondo's length, it begins in a foreboding tone, with heavy, darkly colored chords, sounding perhaps like Beethoven in a bad mood. But the clouds soon open to rays of sunshine in melodies only Mozart could create, including a recurring passage of intense delicacy and yearning, which Andsnes delivers with the sensitivity of a lover's whisper. In its many fascinating mood swings, the piece feels like Mozart simply sat down in these rooms and improvised his mixed emotions. And thanks to Andsnes, we can catch a vibe of what that might have sounded like.

Mozart: Rondo in D Major, K. 485
Mozart: Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475

Leif Ove Andsnes: piano

Video and audio: Anthony Jacobson, Perdurabo Film
Recorded at: Mozarthaus Vienna

Pires, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schumann

La pianiste Maria-João Pires s’associe à l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo pour donner au Festival de Pâques d’Aix-en-Provence un concert rythmé par la musique de Mozart, Mendelssohn et Schumann.

La pianiste d’origine portugaise Maria-João Pires est de retour à Aix-en-Provence pour y jouer le Concerto pour piano n° 9 en mi bémol majeur de Mozart. Grande connaisseuse du répertoire mozartien, la soliste livre sur la scène du Grand Théâtre de Provence une interprétation vive et épurée de cette œuvre célébrée dès sa création pour son inventivité.

Fidèle à l’esprit d’ouverture du Festival de Pâques d’Aix-en-Provence, ce concert fait également la part belle à la musique romantique. Sous la direction de Kazuki Yamada en effet, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo interprète l’ouverture du Songe d’une nuit d’été de Felix Mendelssohn et la Symphonie n° 1 en si bémol majeur de Robert Schumann.

Felix Mendelssohn - Ein Sommernachtstraum (Le Songe d’une nuit d’été), ouverture, op. 21
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Concerto pour piano n° 9 en mi bémol majeur « Jeunehomme », K. 271
Robert Schumann - Symphonie n° 1 en si bémol majeur, « Le Printemps », op. 38

Concert filmé le 10 avril 2022 au Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence.

KV 581

On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, violist Amihai Grosz and his friends from Berlin shone in a musical spectacle of the highest level during the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht. Due to the lockdown, the original program of this edition of the IKFU (Dec 27 - Dec 30, 2021) unfortunately had to be cancelled. However, the organizers and musicians did not give up and realized a beautiful concert via a live stream.

W.A. Mozart – Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV 581

Clara-Jumi Kang, violin
Daishin Kashimoto, violin
Amihai Grosz, viola
Claudio Bohórquez, cello
Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet

Wind Serenade

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Wind Serenade in C Minor • Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

Live recording from performance on February 23, 2020
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

Robert Walker, oboe
Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet
Jessica Maxfield, alto saxophone
Benjamin Mitchell, bass clarinet
Nick Akdag, bassoon

Don Giovanni

Teatro La Fenice - stagione 2016/ 2017

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni Alessandro Luongo
Donna Anna Francesca Dotto
Don Ottavio Antonio Poli
Il commendatore Attila Jun
Donna Elvira Carmela Remigio
Leporello Omar Montanari
Masetto William Corrò
Zerlina Giulia Semenzato

Direttore Stefano Montanari
regia Damiano Michieletto
scene Paolo Fantin
costumi Carla Teti
regia video Luca Scarzella
light designer Fabio Barettin

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice

maestro del Coro Claudio Marino Moretti
maestro al cembalo Roberta Ferrari

riprese video Oxymore production

A Flauta Mágica

Teatro La Fenice - stagione 2014/ 2015
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Die Zauberflöte

Sarastro Goran Jurić
Tamino Antonio Poli
Oratore / Sacerdote Michael Leibundgut
Primo sacerdote / Secondo armigero William Corrò
Secondo sacerdote / Primo armigero Federico Lepre
Regina della notte Olga Pudova
Pamina Ekaterina Sadovnikova
Prima damigella Cristina Baggio
Seconda damigella Rosa Bove
Terza damigella Silvia Regazzo
Tre fanciulli Solisti del Münchner Knabenchor
Papagena Caterina Di Tonno
Papageno Alex Esposito
Monostatos Marcello Nardis
Una vecchia Daniela Foà

Direttore Antonello Manacorda
regia Damiano Michieletto
scene Paolo Fantin
costumi Carla Teti
light designer Alessandro Carletti
video designer Carmen Zimmermann, Roland Horvath

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice
maestro del Coro Ulisse Trabacchin

riprese video Oxymore production


After the celebrated 2018 Mozart album of Chopin-Award winner Seong-Jin Cho, the South Korean pianist returns to Europe with recitals in Autumn. Especially for this occasion and in addition to his latest album, he recorded the Rondo in A minor, K.511. With frequent oscillation between minor and major it is one of Mozart's most important individual pieces.

Current Mood

The Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's "Magic Flute" sung by Albina Shagimuratova at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano


Soprano Diana Damrau sings 'Der Hölle Rache', the famous Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute, with Dorothea Röschmann as Pamina.